What’s with 2020? (Jan. 8)


By now you have heard that someone left a $2,020 tip to an IHop waitress on January 1. The person who left the tip was Sixth Sense and Blue Bloods actor Donnie Wahlberg. His wife, Jenny McCarthy, tweeted out a copy of the receipt. Their total bill was only $78 and on the bill he said, “Happy New Year and 2020 tip challenge.”

Say it isn’t so, is there really a tip challenge and please, just so you know, I cannot afford to leave anyone a tip for $2,020. Reportedly the tip challenge started in Michigan when Danielle Franzoni, a server at Thunder Bay River restaurant, received a $2,020 tip on a $23 bill. So how do you know you have been challenged? If I find out I will let you know.

I guess I understand all of the hype about 2020; after all, we are moving into a new decade and we are out of the teens. I actually got caught up with the 2020 hoopla. I was expecting some company on New Year’s Day and I wanted to have 2020 glasses for everyone. In years past they have been very easy to find. Since the idea did not hit me until New Year’s Eve, I ended up driving to several places trying to find the glasses. Needless to say they were all sold out but I found a few other 2020 trinkets and we had fun with those.

I’m sure a lot of people started out on January 1, 2020, without WPXI. If you are a Verizon customer like I am, channel 11 is currently not airing. I’m glad they waited until after SNL with Eddie Murphy to pull the plug. I feel like I’m being held hostage. Perhaps by the time you read this these companies will have come to some type of agreement. Just so you know, here is what is happening,…WPXI, the local NBC station in Pittsburgh, was one of four stations owned by Cox Media Group that were removed from Verizon Fios after the two sides could not come to terms on a new retransmission agreement. Cox Media Group has made every effort to get Verizon to restore these stations to their lineup and will continue to negotiate in good faith to reach a resolution as quickly as possible. Here is what Verizon wants you to do if you are a customer who has been impacted, reach Verizon at 1-800-837-4966 to tell them to restore WPXI-TV and Channel 11 News. “I have been impacted so are you telling me that if we get WPXI back that we will have to pay more money? Or will Verizon suck up the increase?” Here is what I say…“just use the money that your long-time customers have been paying for decades, the ones who pay for bundles and never use their landline phones, the ones who have hundreds of channels they never watch, the loyal customers that see advertisements of specials for new customers but nothing for the forever customers.’” In the words of Homey de Clown, I don’t think so.

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

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